Persuasion 200: Captain Wentworth Arrives at Kellynch — 28 Comments

  1. Oh, Kara Louise, I really enjoyed this! Wentworth’s slow progress as he steeled himself to face Kellynch, albeit absent of Anne, was heart-wrenching and the tree! I was devastated, but what a wonderful description you gave!

    The conversations (and characters) of Admiral and Mrs Croft are spot on; I could almost hear them saying the words out loud!

    I really enjoyed finding out what Wentworth was thinking as he learned of one of the Elliot daughters being wed and not knowing which one! He deserves a bit of torment for how he is about to treat poor Anne!

    Great excerpt!

  2. Thank you, Kara. I enjoyed being in Wentworth’s head. He deserves to feel pain while waiting to find out if Anne is married.because of the way he tortures Anne with Louisa. I fully agree with Cassandra’s statement about his needing to be tormented. And the poor tree, It’s being broken is symbolic of broken dreams, hopes, and hearts. But, without Wentworth’s treatment of Anne and trying to take revenge for her refusal so long ago, there would be no story. It is revenge of a sort, because he does want her to believe he’s forgotten her and she means nothing to him. What a tangled web we weave…… Thank you for a wonderful piece of writing.

  3. Thanks, Deborah! Completey true! There is pride in play, but he could have determined her feelings right away and be done with it, but then, there would have been no story.

  4. Good morning Kara, I’m exciting to read Captain Frederick Wentworth do love Anne and care about her so much, he should have courage to find out, if Anne have same feeling about him, now his sister and her husband live in Anne’s father’s cottage, they are neighbor now, their family should meet everyday, so they both have chance to know more about each others, thank you the exciting story.

    • Thanks, Linda. Glad you enjoyed it. And if you’ve read Jane Austen’s Persuasion, you know he takes his sweet time! Frustrating to Anne and us readers! 🙂

  5. First let me say Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel; much more so than Pride and Prejudice. I am so excited about this new variation you are all writing. Kara, your description of Captain Wentworth’s thoughts as he approaches Kellynch Hall are very similar to what I had always envisioned in my reading the book. Although others say he was enraged at Ann’s refusal, I always felt he was at first mad, but later upon reflection and acceptance of her decision, was saddened and dishearted by her rejection. Yes, in the original version he does treat Ann poorly at first, principally by ignoring her and giving his attentions to Louisa. It will be interesting to see how other authors, and yourself, continue this story giving your own interpretations to the events to come. So much has been written about Elizabeth and Darcy, it’s wonderful, for me, to see something being done about the great love story of Ann and Frederick!!! Thank you so much!

  6. Thanks, Linda, and although P&P is my favorite, Persuasion is my second favorite. There is something about a first love, I think, that makes us hope they can get back together. I’m glad I wrote it in a way you envisioned it. I don’t think he comes to Kellynch mad, but I do think he’s cautious. It will be fun to see where the other authors take this!

  7. So evocative Kara! I was holding my breath at times as if I was experiencing his pain and anticipation. I agree that the broken tree was very symbolic of their relationship. I know he treated Anne poorly after they first met, but I do think that was a shield of sorts for him. He had no idea how she felt about seeing him after so long that he couldn’t let her know or himself that he was still in love with her…

  8. I’m glad you liked the tree, Carole (as well as the rest of the segment!) I love reading everyone’s thoughts about his behaviour around Anne! Thanks!

  9. Kara, I loved this-it’s such fun to see the scenes Jane didn’t include-love all Fred’s wondering and really not being over Anne, and having to wait to find out. Excellent!

    • Thanks, Jane! But we know Jane (Austen) wouldn’t have written her book this way – we have to be kept in suspense like Anne! 🙂

  10. The tree – like the one in Jane Eyre – so symbolic of what the relationship went through. Your descriptions brought so many feelings to the fore: melancholy, apprehension, anxiety, suspense, and all the mystery of what’s Anne’s present situation might be. I had in my mind the figures from the 1995 Ciaran HInds version acting out your chapter. And, of course, he is in denial about his feeling as he tries to convince himself and Anne that he is over her…as we are to read. Thank you for this chapter.

  11. I agree! the 1995 version starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds is THE only version, in my humble opinion. The other versions are good in their way, but the entire cast of the 1995 movie epidimised the world Jane Austen created in this novel.

  12. I love the suspense of waiting to see if Anne was married, and all the angst – is it worse if he sees her or doesn’t see her? Is it worse if she’s single or married? He is about to treat Anne poorly, and use Louisa, but who hasn’t wanted an ex to see that you’ve made it in life and that others are interested in what they passed up? Prideful and petty perhaps, but human.

    Also love the symbolism with the tree – broken but with a few little tendrils reaching up!

  13. Glad you enjoyed it, Monica! It was fun being in Wentworth’s mind and figuring out what he was thinking and feeling. Thanks!

  14. A great chapter…I think you captured Frederick’s turmoil of emotions so well…He is wary of seeing her again, so agitated the Sophy notices, I think Anne has survived the separation(though miserable) better than Frederick. He has stuffed his emotions down so tight. even he doesn’t know what he feels.

    • Thanks, Stephanie! And they probably dealt with their breakup differently, as Wentworth was busy as a naval officer at war, and Anne was home with not a lot to occupy her thoughts.

  15. Great to read Frederick’s thoughts here! If I remember correctly, from the original Persuasion, we don’t know what Frederick is thinking at all, until the end, so I’m enjoying seeing how he will eventually justify his attentions to Louisa, while keeping Anne guessing as to his motivations. He must really be quite rattled for someone as generally sensible as a successful naval officer would have to be, to behave as he does later?

  16. That’s true, Kathy, Jane doesn’t allow us even a peek into his thoughts or feelings! I bet he’s feeling quite defeated about now. Thanks for your comments!

  17. Poor Fredrick. He doesn’t know he is going to be a putz! He is totally out of his element and the sea has been his distraction and safety since he left Anne the last time. I could see him pacing like a caged animal. A great description! Those Navy types have a very hard time being confined to land and then to have to deal with his thoughts in a house with bad memories. It is nice to be able to hear the male voice for a change.

  18. Thank you, Kara Louise, for the beautiful writing that allows us to enjoy more fully the wonderful story of Persuasion! I have just come home from Montreal and being immersed in Mansfield Park, and this was a wonderful way to again re-enter Persuasion! I too loved the tree symbolism and your lovely pictures accompanying the story! And yes, it is Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root I always think of, too!

  19. This piece is excellent, Kara. You have definitely captured Wentworth’s emotions and turmoil. I feel his suspense when he was waiting to hear news about his beloved Anne. Thanks for continuing this story.

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